Mount Aso

Mount Aso, towering above the surrounding villages and paddy fields, is an active volcano and (closely monitored) rising fumes remind visitors of the very real danger. The conical active peak, Mount Naka, holds the dubious honour of Japan’s first recorded eruption, and is the real centre of hi no kuni: the land of fire.

The views are incredible, and the mountain has a host of myths and legends attached to its history. With so much geothermal activity, there are many wonderful onsen resorts surrounding the world’s largest caldera.